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California to protect insurance policies in wildfire areas

California has ordered insurance companies to stop dropping customers who live in areas affected by recent wildfires.

Posted: Dec 6, 2019 9:37 AM

Sacramento, Calif (AP) - California has ordered insurance companies to stop dropping customers who live in areas affected by recent wildfires.

The order from Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara will only last for one year. And it only covers people who live within the perimeter of one of 16 different wildfires that raged across the state in October.

But it marks the first time the state has used a new law designed to give homeowners more time to find coverage as the growing threat of wildfires makes insuring their properties more expensive.

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The threat of thunderstorms is driving high fire danger across northern California today and most of our region will be under a Red Flag Warning this afternoon and evening. Very hot and dry weather is on the way in your extended forecast, with dangerous heat projected to return this weekend.
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